Murray-Kemp explodes for 26
WESTMINSTER, Md. – McDaniel hit nine 3-pointers in the second to key a 47-point outburst that turned a one-point halftime deficit into a 81-68 victory going away against Ursinus in the Centennial Conference (CC) men's basketball opener for both teams on Tuesday.
Cullen Murray-Kemp (Trappe, Md./Easton) exploded for 16 of his career-high 26 points after halftime to pace the Green Terror (2-2, 1-0 CC), who combined to tie the program record with 13 triples as a team. Doug Macrone (Hatboro, Pa./Hun School of Princeton) did the lion's share of that work, connecting seven times from downtown for the most 3-pointers by an individual player since Jan. 27, 2007.
Jon Ward led the Bears (1-3, 0-1 CC) with 19 points.
Trailing 35-34 at the break, Macrone hit his fifth triple of the night 28 seconds out of the intermission to put McDaniel on top for good.
Tyler Rudd (Glen Burnie, Md./Glen Burnie) hit another 3-pointer on the Green Terror's next possession before Jesse Krasna and Christopher Cowles (West Chester, Pa./Bayard Rustin) exchanged jumpers for a 42-37 game with 17:29 to play.
A Kevin Janowski layup and single free throws from Pat Vasturia and Matt Donahue trimmed the deficit to one with 15:59 to play but then it became bombs away.
Macrone drained a trey with 15:41 to play.
Murray-Kemp added another with 14:43 on the clock.
Senior Marcus Dyson (Scotch Plains, N.J./Union Catholic), who entered the night with one career 3-pointer, even got into the action with a triple at the 14:07 mark that stretched the lead to 51-41. Ursinus would get no closer the rest of the way.
Macrone's seventh trey of the night and back-to-back Murray-Kemp shots from downtown in a 64-second span stretched the lead to 67-47 with 6:38 to play and tie the program record, originally set in 2007.
In a first half that featured four ties and eight lead changes, neither team built a lead of larger than six.
Tied at 25-all, a Ward layup and Donahue 3-pointer gave the visitors a 30-25 lead. Trey Harry eventually stretched the lead to 35-29 with 2:32 showing before Cowles hit a layup and Macrone canned a trey to make it a one-point game at the break.
Cowles finished with a career-best eight assists.
Ursinus finished the night with a 34-18 advantage in rebounding.
McDaniel returns to action at home against Penn State-York on Sunday. Game time is 2 p.m.
Cullen Murray-Kemp talks about a huge team win.